Monday, April 6, 2009

Photos from Naugatuck Railroad campout

On February 28, 2009, the troop traveled to Connecticut and Camp Mattatuck to spend a weekend learning about railroads. Photos of our day at the Railroad Museum of New England and the Naugatuck Railroad in Thomaston, Connecticut. Museum volunteers gave us a full tour of the railroad's facilities and also taught us about railroads and how they operate. Photos by Otto M. Vondrak

When we arrived at Thomaston station, our train was already waiting for us. The troop was split into two activity groups. One group headed inside the depot while the other boarded the train.

Troop 1 Katonah and museum volunteers pose for a portrait aboard a flatcar spotted at Thomaston station.

Museum volunteer (and Eagle Scout) Brent Bette (in white hardhat) explains to our Scouts different parts of a diesel locomotive.

Brent then let our Scouts have a chance to pound in some spikes, just like railroad workers did building the transcontinental railroad.

Meanwhile, the other half of the troop was inside the depot, learning about railroad operations with museum volunteer Ed McAneney.

Jim then took the Scouts outside to demonstrate how a railroad switch works.

Ryan, Nick, and Mr. Kristensen "protect the shove" as engine 2203 backs into Thomaston station.

After lunch and our tour of Thomaston Shop, we boarded our train to Jericho Bridge, where we spent the rest of the afternoon cutting brush to improve visibility around the approach.